Outdoor Inclusive Adventures 2018

*** RESCHEDULED due to weather. Rain date for OIA 18 is now Sunday, September 30th! ***

DID YOU PLAN ON ATTENDING THE ORIGINAL 9/9 date but need to CANCEL or UPDATE your registration? . We appreciate attendees taking the time to update their order, and if you can’t attend, it’s easy to cancel your registration from your Eventbrite account. Just log in to Eventbrite, Go to the Tickets page, and locate your order. Click your order to view order details, and then select “Cancel Order” to cancel your registration. If you are having difficulties, you may also email Amanda at abiel@ymcacolumbus.org for manual updates/cancellation.
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Welcome to the 3rd annual ‘Outdoor Inclusive Adventures!  Join us to get outdoors, get active, and PLAY! Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, YMCA of Central Ohio (ECRN+), along with American Kayaking Association are hosting a day of fun and inclusive activities for the whole family! Children and youth with disabilities, delays, or special needs, along with their family, friends, and neighbors are invited! We also welcome people of all abilities (those with and without special needs/disabilities) to Prairie Oaks Metro Park to join us for outdoor fun, physical activity, and networking!

Highlights and Activities Planned:

Kayaking – Trained volunteers and instructors from the American Kayaking Association. Scheduled boating slots will be every 30 min, and available to sign up on a first come, first served basis. You’re welcome to sign up for a slot later in the day, do other activities and return at your appointment time to reduce your waiting in line. NOTE: Priority scheduling will go to families of children with disabilities as this is the primary community this event is aiming to support. More paddling opportunities are offered year around with Metro Parks or AKA, please visit their website for details.

  • Fishing – Instruction will be provided by Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks. Fishing supplies are provided.
  • Meet Therapy horses from Stockhands Horses for Healing. Feed, lead, and interact!
  • Hot dog lunch and light refreshments from ECRN+ and partners
  • Family Hike and Creeking – Creeking supplies are provided. Hike and creeking on your own.
  • Live reptiles and amphibians from Metro Parks
  • Nature craft and interactive display from Metro Parks
  • Lawn games and sensory play
  • Touch a Truck and Meet ‘n’ Greet with local First Responders*- (Norwich Township Fire Department + Hilliard Division of Police (dependent on emergency calls)
  • Character Meet ‘n’ Greet* with The Royals Project* (hours TBA)
  • A Gaga Pit, Giant Connect Four, and more fun provided by the YMCA Fun Factory!

Chance to win a door prize! – Every family that checks in at the Welcome Area will receive a free ticket for a chance to win a door prize! Want extra chances to win a door prize AND help strengthen your community? When you donate a gift of any amount to ECRN+ between 8/30 and 9/30 you can receive bonus door prize tickets! Simply show your receipt of donation to a Staff/Volunteer at the Door Prize table or email abiel@ymcacolumbus,org prior to 2pm on 9/9. For full info, rules, and door prize listing, please visit our facebook album by clicking here.

* indicates the activity has limited hoursPlease note: Activities are subject to change. All activities except Kayaking are available on a first come, first served basis.

Darby Bend Lakes at Prairie Oaks Metro Park – 2755 Amity Road, Hilliard, OH 43026

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